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    Filed at 7:18 am under by dcobranchi

    I think these proclamations are plain dumb, even when they favor us.

    [Texas] Governor Rick Perry signed a Proclamation declaring the week of April 3 – 9, 2005 as Home Education Week. The proclamation states in part that:

    “I encourage all Texans to recognize the importance of home schools and the dedication of parents who choose this option.

    As we look to the future, let us continue to embrace our responsibility to our children, focusing always on building a foundation of excellence that will ensure their continued success.”

    Home educating families will gather at the capitol for some events and to listen to the bloviators legislators doing their thing.

    As an aside– why do papers always seem to pick the most ignorant-sounding home educators to quote?

    Doug, a homeschooling father from Houston who took time off from work to attend with his daughter, said that “I never knew until my visit that that I could have direct influence in decisions that are made in the government. I did not know that individual citizens could get involved.”

    4 Responses to “A PROCLAMATION”

    Comment by
    March 31st, 2005
    at 8:47 am

    Now that is a great quote. I’m starting to believe that there is an inverse relationship between a HS’ers willingness to be quoted on the record, and said persons suitability for that task.

    Comment by
    March 31st, 2005
    at 10:05 am

    Lets give Doug a break, here. What he probably meant to say was that he didn’t think his involvement would have any effect, which is a common assumption among people in general. Many folks think, “Oh, I’m just a little guy. They won’t pay any attention to my opinion.” This is wrong, but the smoke and mirrors of government, like those used by the ‘Great and Powerful Oz’ make people think that things are true that aren’t.

    Come to think of it, public education uses those same “special effects” in their lobbying.

    Comment by
    March 31st, 2005
    at 2:57 pm

    I’m with Tad on this one, the keyword “effect” seems to be missing from that quote. I’m betting he was nicely edited once the quote got back to the office of the paper.

    Comment by
    April 2nd, 2005
    at 12:16 am

    Cathy Henderson says it all, and says it well: